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Active Drive Assist: Ford Mustang Mach-E and F-150 should drive autonomously

Last updated on March 9, 2021

Ford wants to equip two of its cars with autonomous driving functions via over-the-air update.

Ford's Actice Drive Assist (Image: Ford)

Ford plans to provide Active Drive Assist for the Mustang Mach-E and the F-150 pickup in the third quarter of 2021 via over-the-air update. This should enable drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel on mapped roads in the USA and Canada .

The car then drives the desired route itself, whereby the person in the driver's seat must always be attentive in order to take corrective action if necessary.

An infrared driver camera tracks the driver's gaze and head position to ensure that their attention is there. If not, visual prompts should be played in via the instrument cluster.

The new driver assistance function will first be used in the 2021 models of the F-150 and the Mustang Mach-E. In some variants it should be available as standard – or at an additional cost. Depending on the model, this ranges from $ 1,600 to $ 3,200. Ford expects more than 100,000 F-150 and Mustang Mach-E models with Active Drive Assist technology to be sold in the first year alone.

Those who buy the F-150 and Mustang before the system is launched can purchase the prep kit, which includes the Active Drive Assist hardware, for $ 895. When Active Drive Assist hits the market, customers will be able to purchase the software – plus a three-year service period – for $ 600 and get it via over-the-air update.

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Ford also specified its plans for a fully electric van. The E-Transit will be presented in mid-November 2020, come onto the market in 2022 and be equipped with a lane departure warning system, among other things. So far, Ford has not announced autonomous driving for this vehicle.

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